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From a hobby...
Making mice and rugs started out as just a hobby that Pam liked to do in her spare time. She is able to make rugs whilst watching a film or sitting at a craft market (as you can see in our gallery), but the mice take a little more concentration. It takes her around three hours to complete an average sized rug and between 1 and 2 hours to make each mouse. When Pam started she was just giving a few products to friends and family as gifts, but then (like Topsy) it naturally just grew!
to a business!
After receiving positive feedback about her rugs and mice, Pam was encouraged to approach the Morven Gallery, an art gallery in nearby Barvas, and the Ness Historical Society (Comunn Eachdraidh Nis), a local museum, who both kindly agreed to display her products. To keep up with the growing demand, Pam’s husband Gary also became involved, and he is now solely in charge of cutting out the tweed products, leaving Pam to do the more intricate work of stitching and sewing. With his help she was able to create enough products to take to craft markets in in Lewis and Harris (@craftmarkethebrides.co.uk) where her products became very popular, especially with tourists from all over the world. The Buth Lisa (@buthlisa), a local gift shop and art gallery also sells Pam’s tweedy mice.
Story behind the mice...
Mice have always been Pam’s ‘thing’ since she was young – real ones, ornaments (don’t ask why!) – and a mouse became her signature. So it made sense to make them out of tweed after coming to live in a place where sheep abound and the tweed industry is flourishing. Pam’s mice are just less than 5 inches tall with secure tiny black buttons for eyes, a variety of woollen tails and stuffed with wool scraps. They come in a range of colours and tweed fabric patterns.
and the Rugs?
As for the rugs – weavers were throwing away their wool ‘waste’ – the edge or selvedge of the fabric that gets cut off in the weaving process – and as Pam enjoys crocheting and knitting it seemed a good idea to recycle it and crochet / knit it into rugs of all shapes and sizes, and many of her weaver friends have been happy to give her their waste. Some of the rugs are fluffier than others and are really nice to wrap around you or lie on in front of the fire; others are more suitable for mats – bathmats, doormats, bedroom mats, car seat mats – whatever you like really! In our experience, our woollen rugs are also much appreciated by dogs, cats and indoor pet rabbits!